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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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UTC Aerospace Systems delivers its 5,000th nacelle system for a V2500® engine on an Airbus A321

Posted  November 4, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has delivered its 5,000th nacelle system for a V2500 engine manufactured by IAE International Aero Engines AG. The nacelle was delivered from Hamburg, Germany, one of more than a dozen global sites that make up UTC Aerospace Systems’ Aerostructures business. The nacelle and engine will be installed on an Airbus A321. UTC…

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Small Business Administration kicks off Veterans Small Business Week

Posted  November 4, 2013

Nov. 4, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the kickoff of Veterans Small Business Week, an initiative on the part of SBA to reach out to veteran entrepreneurs and small business owners. Veterans Small Business Week will be held from November 4 to 11 and is part of SBA’s work throughout the year to make…

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NASA Kepler results usher in a new era of astronomy

Posted  November 4, 2013

Scientists from around the world are gathered this week at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., for the second Kepler Science Conference, where they will discuss the latest findings resulting from the analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data. Included in these findings is the discovery of 833 new candidate planets, which will be…

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Advanced Thermal Batteries awarded contract from Lockheed Martin

Posted  November 4, 2013

Advanced Thermal Batteries, Inc., the U.S. division of ASB Group, a world-wide leader in the thermal battery market, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract from Lockheed Martin Company, Dallas, Texas, for the qualification of a thermal battery system. ATB has been working with U.S. prime defense contractors since 2006. This major award from Lockheed…

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Readiness demonstrated for Ashore Missile Defense System for Romania

Posted  November 4, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph Left to right: U.S. Navy Fire Controlman First Class Ricky Eckhardt; Carl Bannar, vice president of Lockheed Martinís Integrated Warfare Systems & Sensors business; Captain Jeff Weston, Missile Defense Agency Program Manager for Aegis Ashore; Jeff Bantle, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martinís Moorestown facility; Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, deputy…

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Vietnam vet wins discharge upgrade in PTSD lawsuit

Posted  November 4, 2013

NEW HAVEN, CONN. — A Vietnam veteran who received the Bronze Star and later was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder will have his discharge status upgraded under a settlement with the U.S. Army, his representatives announced Monday. John Shepherd Jr., a 66-year-old New Haven resident, said the Army agreed to resolve his lawsuit by upgrading…

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SSL awarded follow-on DARPA contract

Posted  November 4, 2013

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it has been selected to develop designs, processes and business terms for carrying small science and technology missions to space on its geostationary satellite platform. Under phase two of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Phoenix program, SSL intends to detail the design…

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Northrop Grumman to supply AN/SPQ-9B radars for three U.S. Navy vessels

Posted  November 4, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to supply three AN/SPQ-9B radar systems for amphibious and Arleigh Burke class ships. Under the $20.4 million contract award, Northrop Grumman will supply three AN/SPQ-9B radar systems for delivery in the second quarter of 2015. This contract adds to the 53 radar systems the…

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AeroVironment awarded $2.3 million DARPA concept definition contract

Posted  November 4, 2013

AeroVironment has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agencyto provide its market-leading expertise in unmanned aircraft systems toward the development of a new category of this technology. AeroVironment will work as the prime contractor with DARPA on the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node Program to develop a medium-altitude, long-endurance UAS designed to operate from…

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Spirit AeroSystems, Progresstech announce intent to sell joint venture

Posted  November 4, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems International Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., and the Progresstech Group of Companies of Moscow, Russian Federation, announced Oct. 31 that they intend to conclude their joint venture that began in 2007. Spirit intends to sell its 50 percent interest in Spirit-Progresstech, LLC to a member company of Progresstech. Spirit’s…

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